Journal article

Identity, well-being and autonomy in ongoing puberty suppression for non-binary adults: a response to the commentaries

Lauren Notini, Brian D Earp, Lynn Gillam, Julian Savulescu, Michelle Telfer, Ken C Pang

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

In this article, we analyse the novel case of Phoenix, a non-binary adult requesting ongoing puberty suppression (OPS) to permanently prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, as a way of affirming their gender identity. We argue that (1) the aim of OPS is consistent with the proper goals of medicine to promote well-being, and therefore could ethically be offered to non-binary adults in principle; (2) there are additional equity-based reasons to offer OPS to non-binary adults as a group; and (3) the ethical defensibility of facilitating individual requests for OPS from non-binary adults also depends on other relevant considerations, including the balance of potential benefits..

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